Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Willis

Last week, I did the last surname of my direct ancestors.  In my previous posts, I have included all the ancestors with that surname in the post for a surname, so I have decided to do a post about one person only at a time, and to not only include my ancestors, but my ex-husband’s, and to also include their siblings.  I am starting with my ex-husband’s father Murray Irwin Willis.

Murray Irwin Willis


          Birth: 17 Mar 1931 - Kerang, Victoria, Australia 1,2
          Death: 1 Jul 1964 - St Andrew's Hospital, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3,4,5
         Burial: 4 Jul 1964 - Kerang Cemetery, Kerang, Victoria, Australia 3,4
 Cause of Death: 


• He had a residence in 1943 in Mystic Park, Victoria, Australia. 6

• He had a residence in 1957 in Mystic Park, Victoria, Australia. 7


         Father: Thomas Arthur "Tom" Willis
         Mother: Dorothea Isabella Sinclair Smith

Spouses and Children

1. *Shirley Patricia Casey 2 
       Marriage: 5 Nov 1955 - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2
                1. Living
                2. Living



Murray grew up on his father’s farm at Mystic Park. After his marriage, he took over running the farm, and his parents retired to Kerang.

He died from acute nephritis, 7 weeks and had suffered from diabetes mellitus for 28 years. His parents were Thomas Arthur Willis, farmer, and Dorothea Isabella Sinclair Smith. The informant was S P Willis, Mystic Park, wife. The undertaker was G Dickson. The minister was J Blacker, Methodist. He was born in Kerang and lived all his life in Victoria.



1. Murray Irwin Willis, birth certificate no. 4194/1931 (1931), Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

2. Birth certificate for his son (details withheld as son still living)

3. Murray Irwin Willis, death certificate no. 13489/64 (1964), Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

4. Index, Kerang Cemetery, Kerang, Victoria, Australia; Microfiche at State Library of Victoria.

5. Murray Irwin Willis death notice article, The Sun, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday July 3 1964.

6. “In Memoriam,” (Kerang) Kerang New Times, Tuesday 1 June 1943.

7. “Mr. T. A. Willis obituary,” (Kerang) Kerang New Times, 31 May 1957.